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St Valentine’s Day gifts for seniors from library teens

The Youth Services Teen Advisory Board at the Bermuda National Library make 120 Love Boxes for seniors clubs across the island. Pictured are students Yukia Hall, Jasmeen Codrington-Edmead, Ken Kelly, Jazarah Codrington-Edmead delivering boxes to BIU Representative Collin Simmons (centre) (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A group of teenagers made up parcels of gifts so that seniors would be treated for Valentine’s Day.

The “love boxes” were put together by members of the Teen Advisory Board at the Bermuda National Library’s Youth Services branch.

Marla Smith, a youth services librarian, said: “One of the events that they have done over the past 14 years is to have a seniors Valentine’s tea.

“We usually get about 85 seniors that come, dressed in their Valentine’s finest, to be served and entertained by the teens on the closest Friday to Valentine’s.

“This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they are unable to have the tea, but they still wanted to do something for the seniors.”

She added: “They decided to make ’love boxes’ for them.

“These small boxes contain a few toiletries, a shopping bag, information about the library’s outreach and online services and some treats.

“They reached out to all the seniors clubs that usually come to the tea to find out if they would like to get boxes for their members.”

Ms Smith said that 120 boxes were requested and delivered to organisations this week.

She added the group was made up of pupils aged 14 to 18 from public and private schools who met weekly “to organise and assist with programming at the Youth Library”.

Community service hours are awarded for members’ time.

The Salvation Army, the Bermuda Industrial Union, churches and seniors groups across the island received the parcels to distribute to their members.

Ms Smith thanked wholesale firms Butterfield & Vallis and J Harvey for their “generous” donations for the packages.

She added: “It is through the kind support of community partners that makes initiatives like this successful.”

Collin Simmons, the BIU’s education officer and coordinator for the union’s seniors division, said that the boxes were especially welcome after challenges brought on by the pandemic.

He added: “It will make a big difference.”

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Published February 13, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated February 12, 2021 at 1:34 pm)

St Valentine’s Day gifts for seniors from library teens

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